Leahy comes out against Holy Joe:
We now have our first Dem Senator who has come on the record and called for Joe Lieberman to be booted from his plum spot on the Homeland Security committee.
In an interview with Vermont Public Radio today, Senator Patrick Leahy left no doubt whatsoever: He believes Lieberman should be given the push.
“Every Senator will have to vote the way he or she believes they should,” Leahy said, in a reference to the upcoming vote on Lieberman’s fate in the Dem caucus next week. “I’m one who does not feel that somebody should be rewarded with a major chairmanship after doing what he did.”
If recent history is any guide, I think we can safely say that this issue has been settled and that Joe Lieberman’s chairmanship is… safe. Every time Leahy and Feingold get in a vulcan mindmeld with the progressive wing, we can almost bet that the beltway wing/GOP lite/business as usual crowd of the Democratic caucus are about to send them down the river.
Not that I know what should happen, mind you. My gut says Joe should be dethroned and then beaten to a pulp with videotapes of his Fox appearances from the last six months, but every time I go with my gut, I end up voting for a Bush or supporting a disastrous war.
At any rate, I would guess that if things go like they usually do, a few others will oppose Lieberman (Mikulski and a few others), but he will survive. And then when that happens, we will be treated to all sorts of bitter recriminations, anger, hostility, suspicion, and a rift between the grassroots of the party and the actual congressional delegation will be created before they are even sworn in, all in the shadow of what should be a rather celebratory period for Democrats.
Being a Democrat is awesome. At any rate, I am off to a dinner party. Have fun.